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  • Unionist bid to be UK 'kingmakers' unsettles some in Northern Irela …
    Unionist bid to be UK 'kingmakers' unsettles some in Northern Irela … Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    By Conor Humphries BELFAST (Reuters) - Less than two decades after a U.S.-brokered deal brought peace to Northern Ireland, British Prime Minister David Cameron may have to go cap in hand to one side of the sectarian divide if he wants to keep power after the May 7 election. Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), whose combative British nationalism was forged in the Protestant ghettos of 1970s Belfast, is promising voters the opportunity of holding the balance of power in the United Kingdom. In the most unpredictable British election in recent times, neither the Conservatives nor Labour are expected to win a majority in the 650-seat parliament while the DUP is targeting nine seats. "This opportunity may not come around again for a political lifetime," DUP leader Peter Robinson told British flag-waving supporters last month when he unveiled a list of concessions the party wants in exchange for its support. More »

  • Northern Ireland wins again in Euro 2016 qualifying
    Northern Ireland wins again in Euro 2016 qualifying Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Romania and Northern Ireland both won on Sunday to tighten their grip on the top two places in Group F of European Championship qualifying, while Greece showed signs of improvement in a 0-0 draw against Hungary. More »

  • Morrissey stands up Alan Carr because he's stuck in Belfast
    Morrissey stands up Alan Carr because he's stuck in Belfast Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The singer cancelled his chat show appearance at short notice. More »

  • Those escaped monkeys from Belfast Zoo are still on the loose
    Those escaped monkeys from Belfast Zoo are still on the loose Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The two macaque monkeys are still on the loose on Cave Hill – to the West of the city. More »

  • Two monkeys have escaped from Belfast Zoo and are running wild
    Two monkeys have escaped from Belfast Zoo and are running wild Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    We still don’t know how they broke out. More »

  • David Best's Temple, a tribute to peace in Northern Ireland, is burned in …
    David Best's Temple, a tribute to peace in Northern Ireland, is burned in … Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    At least 15,000 people gathered to watch the spectacular burning of an intricately carved wooden temple on a hill overlooking Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The 72ft structure was the brainchild of Californian artist David Best, who is famous for his temples built for the Burning Man festivals in Nevada. He was invited to build one in Northern Ireland, where bonfires usually are a magnet for community division. Huge towers made of wooden pallets are set alight every year to celebrate the victory of King William of Orange over Catholic King James in the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. The city chosen for the Temple was symbolic. More »

  • AP PHOTOS: Temple stirs Northern Ireland hearts to fiery end
    AP PHOTOS: Temple stirs Northern Ireland hearts to fiery end Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    DUBLIN (AP) — They came. They saw. They burned it down. More »

  • Burning of ornate tower stirs Northern Ireland hearts, minds
    Burning of ornate tower stirs Northern Ireland hearts, minds Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    LONDONDERRY, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland may never again see a bonfire so graceful or heartfelt. More »

  • Game of Thrones stars love the 'immensely beautiful' filming locations …
    Game of Thrones stars love the 'immensely beautiful' filming locations … Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    The show is shot in several gorgeous locations across Northern Ireland. More »

  • Talks to save Belfast power-sharing overshadow St Pat's Day
    Talks to save Belfast power-sharing overshadow St Pat's Day Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    DUBLIN (AP) — It has become a hallmark of the St. Patrick's Day holiday: the entire political elite of Ireland descending on the White House. More »

  • Temple by David Best: Burning Man artist's spectacular bonfire in Derry, …
    Temple by David Best: Burning Man artist's spectacular bonfire in Derry, … Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    For hundreds of years, bonfires have been a symbol of division in Northern Ireland. Huge towers made of wooden pallets are set alight every year to celebrate the victory of King William of Orange over Catholic King James in the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A beautiful art project by American artist David Best aims to turn the idea of a bonfire on its head. The idea was inspired by the extraordinary temples David Best builds every year at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. More »

  • Getting to Northern Ireland is going to be really difficult today
    Getting to Northern Ireland is going to be really difficult today Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    That means no Ulsterbus, Metro or Northern Ireland Railway services. More »

  • Northern Ireland’s peace is Ireland’s peace, we’ve all benefited and all of …
    Northern Ireland’s peace is Ireland’s peace, we’ve all benefited and all of … Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    As the South approaches the next election pressure needs to be placed upon politicians to re-engage with the peace process. More »

  • Northern Ireland budget crisis threatens tax devolution deal
    Northern Ireland budget crisis threatens tax devolution deal Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    By Ian Graham BELFAST (Reuters) - A dispute over social welfare cuts in Northern Ireland on Monday threatened to unravel a 2014 political deal to cut the province's corporation tax to better compete with Ireland for foreign direct investment. Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein blocked a social welfare reform bill, a major part of last year's Stormont House Agreement which included corporate tax cuts and the creation of new institutions to look into historical crimes in the province. More »

  • Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly did NOT see ‘Irish terrorists kill’ people in …
    Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly did NOT see ‘Irish terrorists kill’ people in … Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    It turns out he actually just saw pictures of bombings… More »

  • Review: O'Connell leads gripping Belfast thriller '71'
    Review: O'Connell leads gripping Belfast thriller '71' Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    The grimly gripping thriller "'71" plunges a young, inexperienced British soldier into the mayhem of 1970s Belfast. More »

  • Belfast sex abuse victims bid to force MI5 to testify Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Northern Ireland's High Court ruled on Tuesday that victims of sex abuse at a Belfast boys' home in the 1970s could try to force the British intelligence agency MI5 to answer allegations that it covered up the scandal. The court granted a former resident of the Kincora Boys' Home a judicial review of a government decision to exclude Kincora from a London-based abuse inquiry with the power to force MI5 to testify. Victims say boys were taken from the home to be sexually abused at the height of the Irish Republican Army's guerrilla campaign to end British rule over the province. They say MI5, which was monitoring the paramilitary groups active at the time, knew what was going on but turned a blind eye in order to gain leverage over those responsible. More »

  • Four Security Alerts In Northern Ireland
    Four Security Alerts In Northern Ireland Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Four security alerts in Northern Ireland have sparked evacuations and caused a major railway line to be closed. An explosive device was thought to have gone off underneath a car in St James Street, west Belfast, on Wednesday night. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) later said on Twitter at about 2pm: "St James Rd in west Belfast has now reopened. Two other areas of the city - North Queen Street and Friendly Street - were also affected after suspicious objects were found on Thursday. More »

  • Police deal with four security alerts in Northern Ireland Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    By Cathal McNaughton BELFAST (Reuters) - Police in Northern Ireland were dealing with four separate security alerts on Thursday, including an explosion under a car in the capital Belfast, but no one was injured and it was unclear if the incidents were linked to political violence. "We believe at this stage that a device may have exploded, or partially exploded under a parked car, causing extensive damage to the car," the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said in a statement. Separately, police said they had received reports that a suspected bomb had been left near a railway crossing in Lurgan, outside Belfast, on Wednesday night. The railway line between Belfast and Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, had been suspended until further notice. More »

  • Gerry Adams tells Northern Ireland bombers - stop violence and seek peace Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams called on those behind a suspected car bomb in Northern Ireland to stop their violence and seek peace. A bomb exploded under a car in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, but no one was injured, while part of a major train line has been suspended in a separate security alert, police said on Thursday. More »

  • Holy mackerel! Belfast warned not to eat free fish Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — This fish tale might be a wee bit hard to stomach. More »

  • UK leader: Northern Ireland should be included in TV debates
    UK leader: Northern Ireland should be included in TV debates Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron says Northern Ireland should be included in United Kingdom-wide television debates in the run-up to the U.K. general election in May. More »

  • Thousands Without Water In Northern Ireland
    Thousands Without Water In Northern Ireland Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Nearly 8,000 homes in Northern Ireland remain without water due to industrial action over pensions. Counties Tyrone and Fermanagh have been worst-affected after staff voted to withdraw on-call services. Representatives from NI Water and the unions have been meeting at the Labour Relations Agency, with both sides saying they would remain there overnight in a bid to resolve the crisis. In a statement, NI Water said it regretted that 7,750 properties in west Tyrone and Fermanagh were without their supply. More »

  • Northern Ireland to cut 20,000 public-sector jobs - minister
    Northern Ireland to cut 20,000 public-sector jobs - minister Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    Northern Ireland plans to cut 20,000 public-sector jobs over four years as part of a bid to put the province's finances on a more sustainable footing, the region's finance minister said on Monday. The cuts, out of the province's total workforce of 820,000, are part of a wide-reaching political agreement reached in December that paves the way for Northern Ireland to cut its corporate tax rate to better compete with the Republic of Ireland for foreign direct investment. The Northern Ireland government hopes to make the job cuts through voluntary redundancies and a hiring freeze rather than layoffs. December's Stormont House agreement "outlined our agreement to reduce the public-sector workforce in Northern Ireland by 20,000 posts over the next four years through a combination of measures such as a Voluntary Exit Scheme and recruitment freezes," the province's finance minister, Simon Hamilton, told the region's parliament on Monday. More »

  • Northern Ireland's Allen masters Higgins
    Northern Ireland's Allen masters Higgins Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    Mark Allen overcame some heavy scoring from former world champion John Higgins to book his place in the quarter-finals of the Masters with a 6-4 victory over the Scotsman at London's Alexandra Palace on Wednesday. More »

  • Petrol bomb attack on mother and baby in Belfast
    Petrol bomb attack on mother and baby in Belfast Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    This came as the third attack on a home in the city in three days. More »

  • Belfast is actually getting a café devoted to crisp sandwiches
    Belfast is actually getting a café devoted to crisp sandwiches Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    It started as a wind-up, but now it’s the real deal. More »

  • Family of eight missing from Northern Ireland located in the Republic
    Family of eight missing from Northern Ireland located in the Republic Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    The children are aged between five years and nine months old. More »

  • Belfast prison agrees to take drug smuggler Michaela McCollum
    Belfast prison agrees to take drug smuggler Michaela McCollum Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    The Peruvian ministry of justice and human rights must repatriate her for the move to go ahead. More »

  • Opinion: Charles Haughey’s election as Fianna Fáil leader – the Northern Ireland …
    Opinion: Charles Haughey’s election as Fianna Fáil leader – the Northern Ireland … Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    What impact did Haughey’s stance (real or perceived) on Northern Ireland have on his successful election as Taoiseach and president of Fianna Fáil? More »

  • 21-year-old Leontia Teague missing from Belfast
    21-year-old Leontia Teague missing from Belfast Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    Her family are becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare. More »

  • Belfast leaders strike deal to save power-sharing
    Belfast leaders strike deal to save power-sharing Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    DUBLIN (AP) — Northern Ireland leaders reached agreement to sustain their troubled Catholic-Protestant government Tuesday following all-night Belfast talks that reduced some negotiators to bleary-eyed exhaustion. More »

  • Obama praises Northern Ireland power-sharing deal Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is praising a power-sharing deal reached by leaders in Northern Ireland and says it will help the country deal with issues that have plagued its past. More »

  • Northern Ireland Parties Hail Agreement
    Northern Ireland Parties Hail Agreement Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Northern Ireland's political parties have reached agreement on a range of issues that had threatened the devolved government's future. More »

  • Northern Ireland rivals clinch deal on austerity, historic crimes
    Northern Ireland rivals clinch deal on austerity, historic crimes Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    BELFAST (Reuters) - Irish nationalists and pro-British unionists in Northern Ireland struck a deal on Tuesday covering austerity spending and historic crimes, staving off a collapse of the power-sharing government set up in 1998 to end decades of sectarian violence. First Minister Peter Robinson said the deal, reached after months of talks and several missed deadlines, paved the way for the British province to acquire devolved powers to set its own corporation tax rate. ... More »